Rival Pro-Govt Factions Clash in Yemen’s Taiz, 10 Killed

Families flee old neighborhood area as fighting picks up

Though officials were only talking on condition of anonymity, the Saudi-led invasion forces in southern Yemen once again look to be splintering, this time in the old neighborhood of Taiz, where two Islamist factions got into a major fight.

This has happened a few times, with Islamist factions loyal to the United Arab Emirates and those loyal to the Saudis not always seeing eye to eye. Fighting in Taiz involved the use of heavy weaponry in densely populated areas.

Reports out of the city are that large number of families have fled from this neighborhood, and are hoping to find safer ground. In Yemen, particularly in the Taiz Province, that’s not going to be easy.

Taiz has been one of the most consistently war-torn cities since the Saudi invasion of Yemen, with Saudi-backed forces trying to overrun it in a push to take the main highway into the capital of Sanaa. Gains stalled quickly, and they’ve been fighting in and around Taiz ever since.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.